School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


This School of Engineering and Applied Sciences commencement ceremony is only for graduate students graduating from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. This includes combined BS/MS students who have completed the MS portion of their degree. BS/MBA students are invited to participate in the undergraduate commencement ceremony.


This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for SEAS GRADUATE students who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:

  • Summer 2019 (Sept. '19 degree conferral)
  • Fall 2019 (Feb. '20 degree conferral)
  • Spring 2020 (June '20 degree conferral)

Students should check with their department advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.

Graduate students who have extenuating circumstances are handled on an individual basis. Permission of the major professor and/or department is needed for early participation. Students unable to attend the Commencement for their year are granted a one-year extension to participate the following year if they ask to do so.


Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must register for it.

Registration Deadline

Please register online. A registration link will be posted here on March 2, 2020. Registration deadline: May 1, 2020.

Student Information

Your Name in the Printed Program

If you would like to verify that your name will be printed in the commencement program, please check the registration site (see above). Students have the option to check their name without registering for the ceremony. The name printed will be your preferred name as it appears in HUB unless you indicate otherwise. Any changes must be made by April 15, 2020 to allow timely printing of the program. 

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

  • Students: If you need accommodations to enable you to participate in a commencement ceremony, please include your request when you register for the ceremony. The coordinator of this ceremony will contact you to discuss and finalize your accommodation request. If the coordinator does not contact you at least two weeks before the ceremony, please contact the coordinator of the ceremony directly or the Office of Accessibility Resources.
  • Guests: The university is committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities, including physical access to events and reasonable accommodations for members of the university community. Please refer to the Accessibility for Guests webpage for additional information.

Recognition of Latin Honors for Baccalaureate Degrees

Candidates earning a baccalaureate degree as part of a combined degree are eligible to receive Latin honors based on their UB cumulative grade point average (GPA) on the following scale:

Average (based on 4.0=A)

  • 3.20 — cum laude
  • 3.50 — magna cum laude
  • 3.75 — summa cum laude

To receive the Latin honors designation in the printed commencement programs, and to be eligible to wear the honorific gold cord (cum laude, magna and summa) during these ceremonies, candidates for the June degree conferral date must:

  • Qualify based upon their UB cumulative GPA through the winter intersession of that year, and projected UB credit hours through the spring semester of that year; standings for Latin honors may change once final grades are posted or degrees conferred
  • Present a minimum of 60 credit hours of UB undergraduate coursework, at least 54 of which must be graded credits (i.e., not grades of 'P', 'S' or 'U')

This recognition is only intended for students who will have their degrees conferred in June, or have had their degrees conferred in the previous February or September.

The gold cords will be available for purchase ($12) at the University Bookstore on North Campus beginning April 21. Students must present UB ID at time of purchase.

Student Instructions for Day of Commencement

Meet in the Edward L. Wright Practice Facility, located in the lower level of Alumni Arena, one full hour prior to the ceremony start time. Further instructions will be given to you by the commencement marshal at that time.

Also, in the Tickets and Guest Information section below, please see the information marked "For Your Safety - Prohibited Items." This information about security procedures and prohibited items applies to graduating students as well.

Making Plans/Reservations for After the Ceremony

Each department will hold a reception immediately following the commencement ceremony. Light refreshments will be served at each reception. Make your dinner plans to allow time for you and your guests to attend your department's reception. Please check with your department for specific location. All are welcome. 

Tickets and Guest Information

Tickets Not Required

There are no admission tickets for this event. 

Doors open for guest seating one hour prior to the ceremony start time. Seating is general admission; first-come, first-served.

Directions, Parking, Seating and Other Guest Info

The Guest Info section of this website has all the information your guests need to know about directions and parking, seating (including seating for children and infants), accessibility and visiting campus.

Guests Attending with Children

Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies but please review the guidelines below.

Baby Strollers

Baby strollers are not permitted in Alumni Arena. 

Crying and Disruptive Children and Babies

If you are with a child who is talking, crying or moving around in a manner that is distracting to the ceremony, you may be asked to step outside the ceremony.

For Your Safety — Prohibited Items

Information on prohibited items is forthcoming. Please check back.

Individual Names Announced

The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.

Friday, May 15, 2020

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Alumni Arena, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Christine Human

Phone: (716) 645-4374


Brianna Sprole

Phone: (716) 645-3405


Caps/Tams, Gowns, Hoods and Tassels

Graduating students participating in commencement wear academic apparel. Order early to make sure you get the appropriate items on time.

Diplomas Mailed 6-8 Weeks After Conferral

The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma to your permanent address approximately six to eight weeks after the conferral date. Students are responsible for making address changes; these should be made through your HUB Student Center to ensure that you receive your diploma.